New dwelling district for IDPs opens in Batumi
A new dwelling district with 22 blocks of apartments, new infrastructure, a square, playgrounds and new road was opened in Georgia`s Black Sea town of Batumi on Thursday.
Internally displaced families, which have been living in rented apartments in different regions of Georgia so far, are supposed to be accommodated in the 4 and 5-storey buildings of Tamarisi settlement.
The 2 and 3-room apartments have been completely refurbished. Over 3000 IDPs will be living in them.
President Saakashvili also visited Batumi today. During his visit he helped an internally displaced family to pack their luggage and even drove them to the new settlement on a bus.
Georgian companies were working during 7 months to construct the new Tamarisi settlement. The ministry for infrastructure and regional development was supervising the process.
Batumi is the third town, after Poti and Tskaltubo, where contemporary and comfortable apartments have been constructed for IDPs.
The process of constructing the dwelling houses for IDPs is underway on the president`s initiative.
Within the nearest future, similar settlements are expected to open in the town of Zugdidi in Western Georgia.